Whereas the world is in no place for tips and gags for apparent causes, have a look again at some NASCAR tips of April Fools’ Days previous on April 1, 2020.
The coronavirus pandemic has left the world in a state of uncertainty, and whereas Past the Flag has been identified for a few of its wacky April Fools’ Day articles in recent times, the workers throughout the FanSided Community justifiably got here to the conclusion that is nonetheless not the suitable time to play deceptive gags.
However that doesn’t imply we are able to’t attempt to assist lighten the temper throughout an in any other case darkish time. So as an alternative of making an attempt to trick anyone, let’s check out a few of our NASCAR jokes from April Fools’ Days previous.
2014 – Danica marries Ricky
In 2014, NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have been nonetheless relationship. That led to the joke that they’d gotten married…and switched Cup Collection groups, with the previous leaving Stewart-Haas Racing for Roush Fenway Racing and the latter leaving Roush Fenway Racing for Stewart-Haas Racing.
The by no means ended up getting married, as they broke up in December of 2017. Patrick has since been relationship Inexperienced Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
She did go away Stewart-Haas Racing on the finish of the 2017 season, and she or he made her ultimate NASCAR begin within the 2018 season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway for Premium Motorsports. Stenhouse did find yourself swapping groups, however with Chris Buescher after the 2019 season. Stenhouse now drives for JTG Daugherty Racing.
2015 – Brian France OUT as NASCAR CEO
A joke, or a prophecy?
Nicely, it turned out to be considerably true. In August of 2018, after he was arrested for driving whereas intoxicated and felony possession of oxycodone, Brian France did take a go away of absence from his place as chairman and CEO of NASCAR, and he has not returned. Jim, his uncle, has served in his function ever since.
2016 – Tony Stewart to un-retire
On the time, Tony Stewart was nonetheless competing full-time within the NASCAR Cup Collection, however he had already introduced his plans to retire on the finish of the 2016 season. On April Fools’ Day 2016, nonetheless, his plan was apparently to return for the 2017 Daytona 500.
After all, that by no means occurred, however what did occur is considerably ironic: he did get his first Daytona 500 in 2017. The Stewart-Haas Racing staff co-owner received the “Nice American Race” for the primary time when Kurt Busch took the checkered flag behind the wheel of his #41 Ford.
2018 – Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch retire
Denny Hamlin was nonetheless in sizzling water with a lot of NASCAR’s fanbase for derailing Chase Elliott’s Championship four bid by wrecking him out of the lead within the spherical of eight race at Martinsville Speedway the earlier October.
And Kyle Busch is, nicely, Kyle Busch. Many followers have been hopeful, solely to recollect what day it was. And I’m not speaking concerning the truth it was Easter Sunday.
2019 – Carl Edwards returns, Kyle Busch fired
2019 included two separate NASCAR April Fools’ Day jokes. The primary was the concept Carl Edwards was returning in a fourth Group Penske automotive.
This automotive would supposedly be from Wooden Brothers Racing, which have a technical alliance with Roger Penske’s group. Apparently some didn’t get the joke, as Wooden Brothers Racing actually took to Twitter to inform folks that we have been joking.
OMG y’all. This Carl Edwards factor has as a lot reality to it as Past the Flag being purchased out by Winston Cup Scene. I maintain getting texts and tagged on FB with the story and it’s like okay, right now is what day? lol
— Wooden Brothers Racing (@woodbrothers21) April 1, 2019
Rumors of a possible Carl Edwards return have existed for the reason that day he introduced his sudden retirement again in January of 2017, so naturally many needed to consider this was true.
The truth is, we’re fairly positive that one web site picked up this rumor and truly ran a narrative with it about Edwards returning in 2020.
For the second joke, we have now the standard suspect of Kyle Busch, who, had April Fools’ Day not been “cancelled” for 2020, would have been the topic of some extra jokes, a lot to the chagrin of some — and the delight of others.
This joke was reliant on Busch successful the Truck Collection and Xfinity Collection races, however not the Cup Collection race, at Texas Motor Speedway the week main as much as April Fools’ Day.
Positive sufficient, that’s precisely what occurred. He positioned 10th within the Cup race.
In a made-up quote by staff proprietor Joe Gibbs, he acknowledged the next:
“I informed Kyle earlier than the weekend that I didn’t need him to win in opposition to the youngsters [in Xfinity] this weekend, and he did it anyway. What about my guys? What about Christopher [Bell] and Brandon [Jones], the blokes right here for me full-time who go on the market every week to win a championship?
“At this level, Kyle’s simply taking away all these wins from guys only for the highlight and to pad his decrease sequence resume and I’ve had sufficient of it. It’s time for a change. Man’s obtained a candy-sponsored race automotive in Cup and nonetheless feels the necessity to take sweet from all of the infants. Unhappy, actually. Then he goes on the market on Sunday and may’t do something in opposition to guys at his stage. 10th place? Come on. It’s simply time to maneuver on.”
Certainly, we did transfer on — however to April 2, to not one other driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota Camry.
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For this April Fools’ Day, we want all of you good well being and security, and hopefully the whole lot shall be again up and working, NASCAR included, within the very close to future. Oh, and hopefully as an alternative of an April Fools’ Day recap, we are able to get again to joking round in 2021.